13 Little Blue Envelopes Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Maureen Johnson
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Keith?

2. What does Keith wrangle Ginny into doing?

3. What surprises Ginny when they arrive at his flat?

4. What does Ginny order when Keith insists on buying her a drink?

5. What does Aunt Peg's next letter discuss?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ginny know what to pay the Knapps, what amazes her about the bill and the amount?

2. Where does Ginny go to search for artists, and what does she decide?

3. How does Ginny find the cafe and what does she do there?

4. How does Ginny get to use the internet in Amsterdam and what does she do on it?

5. What does Keith tell her when she sees him at the hostel and what do they do from there?

6. Where is Ginny suppose to go after Rome, where is she suppose to stay and why?

7. What does Ginny tell Richard and what does she do after they talk?

8. How does Ginny find out who Piet is and what does she find out from him?

9. What is one of Peg's rules about the states and who does Ginny contact in the hostel in Paris? What happens when she does?

10. What is contained in the second envelope?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "13 Little Blue Envelopes" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if "13 Little Blue Envelopes" is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus teens? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "13 Little Blue Envelopes" a successful novel? What about young teens?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "13 Little Blue Envelopes".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "13 Little Blue Envelopes". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of the story. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 3

There are a number of interesting questions raised by "13 Little Blue Envelopes". Questions that Johnson most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Johnson' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Johnson' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Johnson and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

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